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12 Movies You’ll Be Surprised To Find Out Were Filmed In Wales

Wales has made a name for itself in the TV location world. With popular TV shows Doctor Who, Sherlock, Davinci's Demons and Merlin all being shot here. But it seems “Valleywood” has been slowly infiltrating Hollywood too.

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4. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) - Llynnau Cregennen, Snowdonia


You though Lara Croft was actually in China? Nope, it was Wales. Snowdonia is often used to portray ‘exotic’ locations due to its vast size and beauty. Kazakhstan in that Bond film The World is not Enough (1999)? Also Llynnau Cregennen.

5. Robin Hood (2010) - Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire.


This beach again? Well it is beautiful. So beautiful in fact that Russell Crowe got rather attached. He chose to camp on the beach instead of returning to his London hotel whilst filming the film’s scenic battle sequence. Also that less-popular 1991 Robin Hood film? Filmed in Betws-y-Coed.

6. Stardust (2007) - Llyn y Fan Fach, Carmarthenshire


Remember that classic with Charlie Cox and Claire Danes? The one where Robert DeNiro is a cross-dressing space-pirate? Well star-crossed lovers Yvaine and Tristan trekked across the Brecon Beacons in this 2007 fantasy flick.

7. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) - Caerwent, Monmouthshire


NOT WITHOUT YOU! Yes, that infamous Stucky line was filmed in Wales. An old military base in the village of Caerwent was transformed into the Hydra compound where Captain America rescues Bucky Barnes.

9. An American Werewolf in London (1981) - Crickadarn and The Black Mountains


Less of London, more of Wales. The Yorkshire Moors were filmed on the Black Mountains, and ‘East Proctor’ was actually a tiny village called Crickadarn in mid-Wales. Apparently they covered the Welsh road signs with a fake tree.

12. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011) - Capel Curig, Snowdonia


Yes, we’ve had all the A-listers in Wales. The lovely mountains and Ffynnon Llugwy lake were used to film the Sherlock Holmes sequel that starred Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law. Downey Jr also filmed his 1995 film Restoration at Caerphilly Castle and Tretower Court.

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